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Two Sangrur youths took study loan, now work in kiln

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Parvesh Sharma
Tribune News Service
Sangrur, June 22

The degrees of BEd, MEd, double masters and passing of Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) and Punjab Teacher Eligibility Test (PTET) are not enough to get the job of a teacher. Two Sangrur youths are thus working in a brick-kiln to repay the debt they had taken for their education. Like them, many more are working as labourers across the state despite having degrees.

"Since the age of 13, I have been working in a brick-kiln. I worked during night to attend classes in the day, but the government is not doing something for the poor. Only the influential and rich get everything. I have lost all hope and working for more than 15 hours daily to repay the debt of lakhs of rupees," said Makhan Singh (30) while preparing bricks at Sheron on the Longowal road.

He has done BEd, MEd with masters of Punjabi and history and cleared PTET in 2017. Since then, he has been trying to get the job of a teacher. His younger brother Raju Singh (27), mother and father also work with him. Raju did not study as the family did not have the required money.

"Many insult me by calling me 'masterji' in front of my family. I am feeling guilty for putting my family under debt for my study. Since I haven't got married till date and waiting for a job, it has delayed the wedding prospects of my younger brother too," he said.

Another youngster Preetpal Singh, who has done BEd, MEd with masters in Punjabi and history and cleared the CTET and PTET, also has the same tale of woes. He tried for a job in private schools also, but did not join due to meagre salary.

"There are hundreds of more such educated youngsters in Punjab and they are members of our union. The Punjab Government should at least recruit 15,000 BEd teachers as an immediate measure," said Sukhwinder Singh Dhilwan, president of the BEd and TET Pass Union, Punjab.

Education Minister Vijay Inder Singla said his government had sympathy with the unemployed in the state. "I have been meeting BEd and ETT-pass persons repeatedly and conveying their demands to the Punjab Government. Though Covid-19 has further multiplied the financial woes of the government, we are trying to give jobs to maximum number of deserving candidates," he said.

from The Tribune

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